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July 9, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
For the Flyers, the focus of development camp - which started in Voorhees on Thursday - is on fundamentals, nutrition, and conditioning habits that will help the prospects in their pursuit of the NHL. The evaluation will come at a later date. For some, like touted defenseman Ivan Provorov and right winger Travis Konecny, the scrutiny will begin during training camp in September. Both are 19 and have a legitimate shot to earn a roster spot with the Flyers this season. Both have dominated juniors and, because of their ages, would not be permitted to spend this season in the AHL with the Phantoms.
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July 7, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Four recent first-round draft picks - Ivan Provorov, Travis Konecny, Travis Sanheim and Sam Morin - will be among the 34 prospects at the Flyers' development camp that starts Thursday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. The camp, directed by development coaches Kjell Samuelsson and John Riley, is open to the public and is free to attend. "It's not about evaluating," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said. "It's about teaching. " Camp attendees - 16 forwards, 12 defensemen and six goalies - will be on the ice for five days before heading to Stone Harbor for the team's annual Trial on the Isle next Tuesday.
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July 4, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers got marginally better after signing lower-level free agents Dale Weise and Boyd Gordon on Friday, but don't plan on attending a Stanley Cup parade down Broad Street next June. This is a long process, folks, and general manager Ron Hextall is committed to building through the draft and adding expensive free agents at the right time. Like, say, next July. Or possibly the year after. So if you don't have patience, if you don't enjoy the brick-by-brick process, you probably shouldn't be following the Orange and Black.
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June 29, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Bernie Parent. In some ways, that is where every look at Flyers history should start, and where every attempt by the team to make more history often dead-ends. No aspect of putting together a roster capable of winning the Stanley Cup has been more frustrating for the franchise than finding the guy who will finally replace Bernie Parent. Forty-one years after the last Cup, it hasn't happened yet. Along the way, there have been tragedy and comedy, near success and utter failure, homegrown talent that bloomed and withered, outsiders past their prime or never to reach one, and always the belief that if they could ever find that one guy . . . Wayne Stephenson, Pete Peeters, Phil Myre, Rick St. Croix, Pelle Lindbergh, Bob Froese, Darren Jensen, Ron Hextall.
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June 27, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
We're at a moment in time in Philadelphia sports. We're at that precious point when it's never better to be a fan here. A year ago Sunday, the Flyers selected defenseman Ivan Provorov with the seventh pick in the NHL draft, the first of the four potentially franchise-shaping high draft picks that the city's major pro teams have made in the last 365 days. First the Flyers and Provorov last year, then the Eagles and quarterback Carson Wentz in April, the Phillies and outfielder Mickey Moniak earlier this month, and the 76ers and Ben Simmons on Thursday night.
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June 27, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
BUFFALO - Pascal Laberge and his family have been through a tragic year, but the talented right winger had a moment to savor Saturday morning as he hugged his father after learning the Flyers had selected him in the second round of the NHL draft. "My family and I have been through a lot," Laberge said. Last September, his stepmother - a woman Laberge said he "loved dearly" - died of cancer. It wasn't many days later that his father called Laberge and his brothers into their living room and broke down in tears, telling them he had prostate cancer.
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June 27, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
BUFFALO - The Flyers selected seven forwards, two defensemen, and a goalie at the NHL draft Friday and Saturday. Here is a look at their newest prospects. German Rubtsov C, 6-foot-2, 178 pounds Round 1, No. 22 overall Regarded as a slick playmaker and solid two-way player, the speedy Rubtsov had 12 goals and 26 points in 28 games for Russia's under-18 team last season. Down the road, he may replace Claude Giroux as the team's No. 1 center. Pascal Laberge RW, 6-1, 174 Round 2, No. 36 overall A tenacious forward who combines speed and grit, Laberge collected 68 points (23 goals, 45 assists)
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June 27, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
BUFFALO - In some ways, it was a strange draft for the Flyers. General manager Ron Hextall wanted to move up in the opening round and select a can't-miss forward. Instead, he ended up dropping back four spots. Fans clamored for the Flyers to draft a much-needed sniper such as Kieffer Bellows or Julien Gauthier, each of whom was available at the team's original first-round draft spot (No. 18). Instead, Hextall and his staff chose two-way center German Rubtsov, who fell to them partly because of a controversy that booted his Russian under-18 team out of the World Juniors.
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June 25, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
BUFFALO - Julien Gauthier, the high-scoring right winger who is one of the players the Flyers could consider with their first-round draft pick Friday night, admitted he was surprised that the Orange and Black didn't interview him during the recent NHL draft combine. "But it happens," he said in a good-natured tone Thursday inside a Buffalo hotel lobby that was filled with a who's who of the hockey world. "It's all right. " Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said it was wrong to assume a team is not interested in a player just because it doesn't interview him. "We know what we need to know about those people," he said.
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June 23, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Some believe the Flyers should be grateful that Julien Gauthier, once regarded as one of the top four or five forwards in this week's draft, has dropped in the rankings. That means the high-scoring right winger may be available when the Flyers select 18th in the opening round in Buffalo on Friday. Gauthier is the prototypical power forward. He has size and speed, good hands, a powerful shot, and a knack for always being in scoring position. Scouts have compared him to a young Rick Nash, and he is just the type of sniper the Flyers need in their system.
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